External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Nepal from 25 July to 27 July 2014. She was on a three-day visit to Nepal at the invitation of Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal.
She co-chaired the meeting of the Indo-Nepal Joint Commission that was held on 26 July 2014. This Joint Commission meet was held after a gap of 23 years. India and Nepal agreed to review and adjust the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 to reflect the current realities. The two countries also agreed to finalise the text of power trade deal.
During the visit, Swaraj also prepared a ground for two-day official visit of Narendra Modi to Nepal from 3 August 2014. Modi’s visit to Nepal will be the first visit of an Indian Premier in over 17 years. The last Indian Premier to visit Nepal was late Prime Minister IK Gujral in 1997.
During her visit, she met Nepal’s top leaders namely President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. Apart from them, she also met UCPN-Maoist chief and Leader of the Opposition Prachanda.
Apart from this, during the visit, she led an Indian delegation that included Sujatha Singh (Foreign Secretary), Sujata Mehta (the Secretary ER&DPA) and other senior officials of the Government of India. After returning back to India, she termed the visit as successful and productive.
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